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Open access agreement for authors at eligible German institutions

Publish open access with Wiley

The agreement between Projekt DEAL institutions and Wiley is part of a nationally coordinated strategy to enable a large scale transition of today's scholarly journals to open access. As of 2019, researchers from Projekt DEAL institutions can now read all Wiley journals and publish their own primary research and review articles open access, retaining copyright of their works.

Wiley will not charge fees to authors covered by the agreement. The Publish and Read (PAR) fees and Gold Open Access APCs related to the agreement* will be paid centrally via institutions.
*Some institutional funding policies may differ for gold OA APCs. Please check with your library for any exceptions.

As a requirement of the DEAL agreement, the statement ‘Open Access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL’ will be added automatically to the acknowledgment section of your paper. This information is for identification purposes only to help assign your article to the correct institution should you select the open access option, and it will not affect any information in the published article.

To be eligible:

  • You must publish open access in one of Wiley's fully open access journals or a subscription journal that offers open access (hybrid journal). See the full list of journals here (filter column G for "OA" to view fully open access journals and for "OO" to view hybrid journals).
    • If you publish in a subscription journal that offers open access, you must choose to order open access at the point of acceptance by using our order workflow as described below1
  • Your manuscript must have been accepted on or after 22 January 2019 in the case of fully open access journals and on or after 1 July 2019, in the case of hybrid journals
  • You must be the responsible corresponding author and affiliated with a publicly or privately funded German research institution entitled under Projekt DEAL at the point of acceptance2
  • You should select your institution affiliation during the submission process (if you encounter any difficulties with this step, please contact your local librarian)
  • The affiliation you select during submission must be stated on the published paper
  • All primary research and review articles qualify3
  • Wiley Open Access Accounts cannot be used to cover additional charges (e.g. cover, color, and page charges), which individual journals administer separately.

Why publish open access?

Articles are made freely available
Meet open access mandates automatically
Under a Creative Commons license
To PMC for appropriate articles

How to publish your article open access

Eligible authors may publish open access in one of two ways:

Publish in any of Wiley's fully gold open access journals (manuscript accepted on or after 22 Jan 2019) and follow the instructions in the PDF below.
Publish in any of Wiley’s hybrid journals that offer open access (manuscript accepted on or after 1 July 2019) and follow the instructions in the PDF below.

To check the open access availability for a specific journal, use our Author Compliance Tool.


Please contact your university or library with questions.

1If you don't order open access initially, your manuscript will be published under the traditional closed access model. You may order open access retroactively, but once your paper is published in Early View or In Issue online you are no longer eligible to publish at no charge (without prior communication with Wiley)

2If you are no longer affiliated with an eligible German institution at the point of acceptance of your paper, you do not qualify.

3Eligible review articles look at primary research findings, describing trends and developments. Editorials, community news, book or media reviews etc., are excluded.